By Lou on
Vehicle2006 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
ReviewThis is our first Subaru and I'm happy we made the purchase. The turbo + AWD makes this a fun and spirited ride, particularly on wet on-ramps and on gravel roads. The leather seats are firm and comfortable for long trips, and the height off the road gives a good view to the surrounding traffic. The Subaru extended warranty was quite reasonable - as it should have been since the 3 yr/36,000 mile new vehicle warranty is inferior to most other manufacturers in this space. The handling is responsive, particularly when you realize how long and heavy this wagon is. The car is quiet -- both in the city and at highway speeds -- despite the large, open cabin. Fuel economy is reasonable, but low.
Best FeaturesHuge sunroof makes car feel like a convertible; beefy steering wheel feels great; low rumble in first gear between 3000 and 4000 rpm; immediately responsive in first two gears; spacious storage area behind rear seats; get the cargo nets to keep "stuff" in storage area from tumbling around.
Worst FeaturesOptional manufacturer's navigation system should be available for manual transmission; glove compartment way too small - owner's manual takes up 40% of space; cruise control stalk seems flimsy - should be wheel mounted; front headlamp washers needed.
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